Every young child is a handful. The constant jumping, the need to run in circles, the never-ending stories and the seemingly endless pit of energy that prevents them from needing almost any sleep at all — pretty much any parent can relate to this. However, for some kids, the endless energy and constant distraction is overwhelming and doesn’t start to disappear as they grow older. Instead, as these children enter school and are tasked with their first lessons in responsibility, they may become anxious and stressed or find that they are unable to focus, despite their desire to be successful. This is what happens when a child develops ADHD, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.
For a child with ADHD, every task is more complicated. Every goal is more difficult to reach. Every responsibility and expectation will take extra effort to meet. For children with ADHD, failure to succeed hurts just as much as it does for anyone else, yet they are at an inherent disadvantage due to their inability to focus normally. For children with ADHD, working with a pediatric therapist from an early age can be a life-altering experience, one that can put them on equal footing with their peers and help them to push past barriers that may have prevented them in the past from earning opportunities to help them succeed.
How Pediatric Therapy Can Help
Pediatric therapy can be a life-changing experience for a young child with ADHD, but more than that, it can change the experience of living with the learning disorder for the entire family. No one likes to experience failure, and no parents enjoy seeing their children fail over and over again, despite their best efforts to provide support. Pediatric therapy offers an alternative experience, providing children and families with improved strategies to change daily outcomes, thereby improving life experiences for everyone involved.
Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. For parents, this experience is all too real. The job of being a parent is essentially this. You think you know what to do, you try it, it doesn’t work, and so you keep trying over and over again. However, when your child has ADHD, that standard bag of tricks isn’t going to work.
Pediatric therapy can help you to learn a new bag of tricks: strategies that are designed to help you help your ADHD child.
Here are just a few ways that pediatric therapy can help your ADHD child:
- Pediatric therapy can encourage heightened sensory management. Many children with ADHD are highly susceptible to sensory awareness, and learning how to manage external stimuli is helpful in improving focus.
- Teaching helpful strategies to improve focus and concentration can help enhance learning outcomes, especially in young children.
- Reinforcement of motor functions and coordination through physical therapy can support further learning outcomes and ability to focus in children who are particularly hyperactive.
The earlier you can work with a physical therapist, the greater the impact the experience can be for your child. The goal of pediatric therapy is to support children, helping them to be more successful with everyday tasks and thereby reducing the stress that so many children with hyperactivity are left to cope with on their own.
If you’ve never discussed ADHD with your child’s physician, now is a great time to begin having those conversations.